adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick oily pitch black with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, barley and liquid smoke. Taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, barley and liquid smoke. Very smoky in both aroma and taste, but in a pleasant way. Very nice.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Weakest of the new DH stouts thus far. The taste is fine, but the smoke is really really light for this one. Almost an intro smoke stout, I really wanted more out of it. The smoke is present slightly in the aroma, and almost none in the flavor. This seems to be what they were going for, but, Iíll skip this one next time. Still, a solid offeringREALLY loving the DH Stout line up so far though! Canít wait for 5!
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown/black in color with a very thin brown head that fades away almost immediately. The aromas were of smoke, chocolate and creme. In the mouth there were flavors of cream, milk, chocolate and a mineralistic hoppy finish. The palate is smooth and finishes with a dry/hoppy edge.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark viscous pour with thin brown head. Slight spotty lacing with nice roast and smoke aroma. Chocolate, coffee, smoked malts, and hops. Full bodied with light carbonation.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours inky black with a mostly receding foamy mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, smoky roast, and light notes of Guatemalan coffee. Taste is chocolate, sweet roast, light smoke and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation. Very similar to the Dark Horse Oatmeal and Tres stouts, which are also quite excellent.
BuckeyeBoy (5501) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle pours out a great black topped with a very small tan head. A great aroma of sweet chocolate and great roast malt. Tast of a light smoke. More sweet and bitter coffee than smoke. Pretty good overall. And gets better as it warms up Thanks Secret Santa.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle......pours like the others in the stout series. almost black with a medium brown head....weak nose of chocolate and roast with very little smoke characteristics....tastes similar to too with just an added sense of smoke which i thought would have been more prevalent.....out of the four, i enjoyed tres the most and this one the least of them all.
wmubronco1992 (692) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle - Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head that disappears quickly. Nice roasted coffee flavor. Little carbonation. Only dissapointment is that the mouthfeel is almost too smooth. It needs a legacy, something to remember is by. However overall a very nice beer. The tiny Darkhorse brewery always impresses.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smooth tan head. Nose is faint grape, coffee and light smoke. Creamy mouthfeel with mild carb. Milk chocolate, grape Nehi and black coffee. A sweet smoke ties things together.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Pours black with a minuscule brown head that immediately reduces to a mocha ring clinging to the edge of the glass. The nose is a sweet blend of roasted malt, chocolate and light peat. Medium-bodied, yet fairly thin, the mouthfeel is silky on the tongue until you swallow when some assertive carbonation pops out briefly transitioning into a lightly dry, roasted finish. The flavor follows the nose: sweet, roasted malt with solid notes of bittersweet chocolate and a light, peaty smokiness. Like the "Tres", I think this beer is listed in under the wrong style. The "smoke" in this beer is only a minor contributor to the character of this beer, but as itís name includes the word "smoked" Iím not surprised to see it labeled as such. After trying the 4 "smaller" Dark Horse "Holiday Stouts", Iíd have to say that these guys definitely know how to craft amazing stouts. Along with Bells and Founders, Dark Horse has given stout-lovers several solid examples of why Michigan has become a Mecca for beer geeks.